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Benefits (Payment)

Volume 979: debated on Tuesday 26 February 1980

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19.

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services when he expects to announce his decision concerning any alterations to the system of paying benefits.

26.

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what further consideration has been given to the policy of altering the frequency and method of payment of social benefits and, in particular, the use of Post Office facilities.

31.

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services whether he has yet completed his consideration of Sir Derek Rayner's report on the arrangements for paying social security benefits; and if he will make a statement.

40.

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services when he expects to be in a position to announce his conclusions regarding the Rayner proposals upon the payment of pensions and social benefits.

43.

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services when he will announce the results of the review of the methods for the payment of pensions and other benefits through banks and main post offices.

50.

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services when he expects to be able to announce his policy in connection with the method of payment of pensions and other social security payments presently handled by sub-post offices.

59.

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what further considerations he has given to the agency arrangements presently being used whereby pensions and other benefits are paid through the Post Office.

I have nothing to add to what I said in the House last Tuesday.—[Vol. 979, c. 264–308]

36.

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will undertake not to alter the agency arrangement between his Department and the Post Office relating to the payment of pensions and other welfare entitlements by village and neighbourhood sub-post offices; and if he will make a statement.

refer my hon. Friend to my right hon. Friend's reply to the hon. Member for the Western Isles (Mr. Stewart) earlier today. The Government would be failing in their responsibilities if they did not consider very carefully the proposals emerging from the DHSS Rayner study on the arrangements for paying social security benefits.

58.

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what representations he has received from rural areas on the effect upon sub-post offices of the new methods of payment he is considering for the payment of benefits.

61.

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what representations he has received regarding the payment of pensions and social security benefits through post offices; and what reply he has sent.

I refer my hon. Friends to my right lion. Friend's reply to the hon. Member for Penistone (Mr. McKay) on 14 February.—[Vol. 978, c. 808–10.]

12.

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what representations he has had in respect of his proposals to change the functions of rural post offices in the payment of benefits.

I refer the hon. Member to my speech in the debate last Tuesday.—[Vol. 979, c. 261–308.]